Centre shuts to prepare for opening

PUBLISHED: 10:39 17 March 2006 | UPDATED: 21:46 28 May 2010

The new visitor centre at Welney

The new visitor centre at Welney

THE Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust will be closing its reserve at Welney on the Ouse Washes for four weeks from Monday, March 27. This will allow staff to focus on training and to familiarise themselves with systems and facilities ready to open to the public

THE Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust will be closing its reserve at Welney on the Ouse Washes for four weeks from Monday, March 27.This will allow staff to focus on training and to familiarise themselves with systems and facilities ready to open to the public the doors of the new £3.5million visitor centre on Monday, April 24.The development has made use of environmentally responsible building techniques, renewable materials and the latest energy saving technology and will also offer vastly improved visitor facilities.These include a more spacious restaurant and shop; a multi-purpose area for meetings, business and community use along with a display space for local arts and crafts and a free internet access point. Installation of some special features within the interactive interpretation displays and equipment situated in the Fenland Worlds and Education areas will continue for a period of time after the opening date in readiness for the official launch event - date to be confirmed."The trust exists primarily to save wetlands for wildlife and people but at this new Welney development we have taken the sustainability message even further" said Kevin Peberdy, WWT director of centre developments. "Not only the visitor centre but the new bridge and landscaped grounds have all been designed and built to ensure we meet the current needs of both wildlife and visitors without compromising the future of the environment.

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